Lemon Tree Hotel, Aurangabad, India

The large, white contemporary complex decorated with a Lemon Pledge fragrance is located on the main road to the airport, an easy 10 minute drive.

Aurangabad - Lemon Tree Hotel

Rooms are comfortable but starting to show their age – walls in need of a fresh coat of paint and bedding starting to pill.

Aurangabad - Lemon Tree Hotel

The pool, the center show piece of the complex, is impressive and well-tended. Service tries hard but is typical Indian inefficient. In the end you’ll get what you want but it will take much discussion and paperwork for even the simplest taxi ride into town.

We used the hotel’s car service for both the excursion to Ajanta, about 2 hours plus each way, and on the second day to Daulatabad Fort and the Ellora caves, about an hour drive each way. Everything worked as planned. The driver was friendly but his English skills somewhat lacking, i.e. he was able to communicate simple ideas, albeit with some effort. On the plus side, the hotel charged us the two person price even though they gave us the larger 4-6 person vehicle.

Breakfast is generally not included in the price of the room. You can buy an add-on package that includes 24-hour wifi, one meal and two pieces of laundry.

Aurangabad - Lemon Tree Hotel

The breakfast buffet has a large selection of Indian and western options including made to order eggs, although they are not well cooked – omelets look like scrambled eggs and fried eggs still much too runny. The coffee, made in an espresso machine, is good.

We ate poolside one night at their Asian noodle place, more expensive than eating in town but reasonably good with a selection of Asian noodle and rice dishes. Portions are on the small side.

Be warned that they do add a 10% service charge on the entire bill over the normal onslaught of taxes.

Not a place I would return to if I could find something better. That said, I don’t think there is much to choose from in Aurangabad.

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3 Responses to Lemon Tree Hotel, Aurangabad, India

  1. hchamney says:

    LOL How can you tell we have similar tastes?! Also where we stayed when we were in Aurangabad. I loved the smell of the lemons. 🙂 I like their humorous quotes on the place mats and room hallways. 🙂

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